I should’ve known when the episode began with Chibitalia that this would be a bad episode. This episode managed to highlight every problem that Hetalia has in the space of 5 minutes. I’m going to break it down for you now if you don’t mind.
::Edit:: Whoops, had this labelled as episode 12, sorry about that
Chibitalia is not funny. Then again that’s OK because it doesn’t try to be funny. It’s aim is not to produce gags or make you laugh, it’s to make fangirls squee at cute stuff. But cuteness has a limited factor and there are plently of other anime out there that manage to be funny and cute, it’s not bloody hard!
2: No explanations
Now what on earth is going on here? England gets surrounded by imaginary magical creatures for some reason or another. As for why, there is no explanation. It quite possibly is a reference to some humorous moment in history but how are we meant to know? Unless you’ve read the manga, which alienates everybody else. It’s all well and good to say ‘this is for fans of the manga’ but how hard is it to stick in a subtitle, they’ve done it before.
3: Fangirl Pandering
The scene between Italy and Germany was the only part in the episode that brought a grin to my face. But let’s face it, the only purpose of this was to have Germany and Italy kiss each other so fangirls could squee. To be honest, Hetalia has generally been fairly good at steering clear from blatant pandering but it looks like it could only be a matter of time before hearts start racing and the shipping begins. Bleargh
4: No Planning
At the end of the episode, Deen suddenly remembered that they did something at the end of the last episode and plonked it back in again. This isn’t the first time, the entire Hetalia series seems to jump about with no connection between episodes, introducing characters 10 episodes after they’ve actually appeared, meaning the earlier episodes are left lacking, such as the episodes when the Axis Powers were stranded on the beach.
I do like Hetalia, I really do, but it just keeps being ruined by all these problems, most notably Chibitalia. I thought that chibitalia had ended with that last episode but they stuck ‘to be continued’ at the end so no hope there. With 26 episodes in this series, we are nearly halfway through by this stage. Lets hope it keeps up the form of the episode before this rather than this episode. And lets hope Chibitalia dies painfully…hee hee